Today, MCC Dairy in the northeast corner of South Dakota, is perhaps a model for dairy expansion in the Midwest.

While the dairy has had its share of struggles, it has now grown to 5,000-cows, has drastically improved its milk quality and lowered its cost of production to be able to compete with West Coast dairies. That has people as far away as Russia and the Ukraine looking to duplicate what has been achieved here.

How did they do it? According to dairy manager Rick Millner, it was the combination of good people, hard work, dedication and some luck. Coming up with a barn design that provided cow comfort year round in a harsh environment is the other big factor in what they have achieved. The barn uses sand-bedded free-stalls, is power ventilated, air conditioned, with a flat roof and lots of insulation. To learn more, go to:

Marshall County Journal